Last week, we featured Jessamine County. This week, let’s get to know Montgomery County!
Montgomery County became Kentucky’s 22nd county in 1796 and consists of three cities: Jeffersonville, Camargo, and Mount Sterling, which is the county seat. Former Governor of Kentucky Ernie Fletcher (2003-2007) is from Mount Sterling, as were U.S. House Representatives Henry Daniel (1786-1873) and Amos Davis (1794-1835).
There are two general schools of thought about how Montgomery County got its name. Some believe it was named for General Richard Montgomery, an Irishman who fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Others believe the County was named for Thomas Montgomery, who also served in the Revolutionary War and settled in Mount Sterling in 1792.
Did you know that the current spelling of Mount Sterling was a mistake? Hugh Forbes, a Scotsman, intended to name the town Mount Stirling, as an homage to a town in his native Scotland. However, the Kentucky Assembly passed an act in 1792 that established the town’s name as Mount Sterling, and they decided to keep the misspelling.
At United Way of the Bluegrass, we are proud to work with the men and women of Montgomery County to make a difference across the Bluegrass, including our incredible Montgomery County Board of Trustees!
During the last fiscal year:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass
Bluegrass Council of the Blind
Child Care Council of Kentucky
Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass
Clark County Homeless Coalition
D.O.V.E.S. of Gateway
DuBois Community Center
Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
Montgomery County 4-H Council
Montgomery County Schools Education Foundation
NewSong Counseling Center
Sterling Community Food Coalition
Visually Impaired Preschool Services
YMCA of Central Kentucky
Stay tuned as we take a closer look at D.O.V.E.S of Gateway and a volunteer in Montgomery County.
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